Starring me as a social butterfly with real estate fantasies…

I am really getting around this week.  On Monday I was being interviewed by my lovely colleague Juliet over at the RWA blog.

Today, I am visiting the Lovecats Downunder.  The Lovecats are a delightful bunch of romance writers who very kindly invited me to visit their blog and said I could talk about ANYTHING (which shows they’re brave as well as lovely, dontcha think?)

I decided to talk about setting in Rules are for Breaking (debut novel out now, forgive me but I never get tired of saying that!) and in the process discovered that I have a scarily long memory and that I am obsessed with setting.

I know people who do long complicated ‘interview’s with their characters before they begin writing a book.  They find out who their best friend was when they were five, what their mother said when they were a teenager that scarred them for life and the like.  The idea of doing this both bores and terrifies me to tears.

Yet, I will happily take a whole day to wander around inner-city Melbourne looking for a building that looks right and is on the right tram line for my heroine to live in.  Or drive two hours to a pub by the sea that I want to set an important scene in (different novel, in case you were wondering).  I wonder if there’s a name for this condition?  Apart from real estate obsession?

Anyway, if you’d like to know a bit more about my weirdness and how it percolates into my novels, do feel free to to come and visit the Lovecats with me.

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Thanks for visiting and haveagoodweekend!

6 thoughts on “Starring me as a social butterfly with real estate fantasies…

  1. I’m a huge setting girl as well, Imelda. A YA I’m currently editing largely came about just so that I could write about an art deco hotel by the sea. Heh. 🙂

    Character interviews horrify me as well. I like to watch my character slowly emerge as the book progresses. It’s like getting to know someone organically rather than sitting them down at dinner with a paper quiz.

    • Yes! I know exactly what you mean about the paper quiz and dinner! I’m glad it’s not just me. I think of them as real people so I get to know them as real people, gradually. But I need to know where they live. Maybe I’m more visual than I think. It’s kind of a reverse set dressing I suppose. if I see where they live and work I’ll know things about them…

      And I completely understand writing a whole book about an Art Deco anything! 🙂 I’d like to read that one!

  2. Dear Social Butterfly,
    Fab interview at Lovecats Downunder!
    I went over and checked out Destiny Romance. Very Cool!
    I’m all set up on Amazon. Can I buy your book there?
    I guess I’ll go look!

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